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Our Team

Learn more about the people who help keep the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator moving.

Our Team

Executive Director

Elissa Bloom is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy's Center City.  She has been with the organization since 2011 and with the board, launched the successful initiative which is now used as an international model for fashion incubation.

With over 20 years of both corporate and entrepreneurial experience, Elissa brings a unique and fresh understanding to the world of fashion and business.  She has worked corporately for Bloomingdales and Anthropologie and has taught fashion entrepreneurship courses at Drexel University, Moore College of Art and Design, and Thomas Jefferson University.  She launched a successful accessories brand, Elissa Bloom New York, which she oversaw for ten years. While managing all aspects of her company including design, sourcing, manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution, Elissa learned what it takes to run a successful fashion company. She has a strong understanding of both the creative and commercial side of business and is committed to sharing her experience with others to help them achieve success in the business world.

Elissa is a highly sought after international speaker on fashion incubation and the business of fashion traveling to Italy, Russia, the Baltics, Israel and Scotland.  In 2015 Elissa was invited by The White House to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya.

Elissa has been nominated as a 2019 “Connector of the Year” award with RAD Girls. In 2018 Elissa was awarded the Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction. In 2017 she was nominated as the Philadelphia Ambassador of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, a global event empowering female entrepreneurship that is celebrated in 144 countries with the United Nations. Elissa organized and led Philadelphia’s first and second annual event honoring female entrepreneurs in the region. In 2016 she was honored with the Trailblazer Award by Philly Fashion Week.

Board of Directors

The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Center City (PFI) Board of Directors is comprised of ten members from the business, academic and fashion communities. The board is responsible for all PFI policies, fundraising development, budgets and programs.

  • Chris Baeza, Merchandising Dept. Head, Drexel University

  • Conrad Booker, 2015 PFI alumni and 2016 Entrepreneur-in-Residence

  •  Earl Boyd, Director of Entrepreneur Development, Entrepreneur Works

  •  Sarah Cooper, Director of Community Engagement Pennsylvania Ballet

  • Margaret Hughes, Deputy City Representative, City of Philadelphia

  • Michael Leonard, Academic Dean of School of Design & Engineering:    Jefferson University

  •  Vickie Rotante, Director of Global Sourcing, QVC & HSN

  • Erik Seel Board Chair, Co-Founder, FashInvest, PFI Board Chair

  • Michelle Shannon, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Center City District

  •  Diana Utu, Executive VP, TD Ban

Advisory Committee

The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Center City (PFI) Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from Philadelphia’s fashion and business sectors, including designers, retailers, editors, academic representatives and business leaders. The committee is responsible for reviewing and selecting the Designer-In-Residence (DIR), events along with teaching workshops on their areas expertise and being mentors.

  • Stacey Benedetti, Principal, SRBp

  • Elena Brennan, Owner, Bus Stop Boutique

  • Nicole Cashman, Owner, Cashman and Associates

  • Cathy Coho, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fashion Group International

  • Denise Dahlhoff, Research Director, The Jay H. Baker Retailing Center, Wharton

  • Kristin Detterline, Editor-in-Chief, Philadelphia Style Magazine at Modern Luxury

  • Mary Dougherty, Owner, Nicole Miller Boutiques

  • Angela Edmunds, Founder, Showroom 77

  • Teena Ferroni, Managing Director, Juno Search Partners

  • Rachel Ford, Owner, MADE Studios

  • Alisa Frederico, Founder, Dressing Jane

  • Ann Gitter, Owner, The Knit Wit

  • Barbara Kahn, Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor, Wharton School

  • Elina Kazan, Communications Strategist

  • Nicole Kane, Fashion Consultant, Urban Outfitters

  • Annina King, Designer, Director of PFI Alumni Committee and Philadelphia Fashion Alliance

  • Kelly Lee, Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia

  • Rachel Mednick, Alumni, Business Coach

  • Ethan Nguyen, Owner, M Concept Shop

  • Danny Noble, Fashion Entrepreneur and Teacher

  • Kevin Parker and Kerry Scott, Owners, FBH Style and Philly Fashion Week

  • Sharon Phillips Waxman, Owner, SPW Productions

  • Tony Pipitone, Center City District

  • Karen Randal, Consultant

  • Rakia Reynolds, Owner, Skai Blue Media

  • Joey Roberts, Owner, Joey Roberts Event Advisors

  • Sarah Rodowicz, Fashion Group International

  • Debbie Ruth and Annette Tymoski, Owners, Intrigue Fine Apparel

  • Joan Shepp, Owner, Joan Shepp

  • Lori Shuster, Owner, Throw Like A Woman Consulting

  • Domenica Vinci, Fashion Consultant

  • Katelyn Yannie, Media Relations, Macys

  • Caren Yeamans, Advisory Committee Chair, General Counsel, Fanatics